Healthy and Happy Family is the Goal
As parents, we all share the common desire to raise a Healthy & Happy Family. In today’s complex and often chaotic world, this can seem easier said than done. At FamPlan, our singular focus is to provide information and tools to help you reach your goals, and enjoy the Healthy & Happy Family you deserve.
We’re Moms and Dads just like you. And, if your family is anything like our families, you probably find yourself juggling work and personal efforts on a impressive scale. “Work – Life Balance” is not a new concept. “Work” is pretty much a given. Every family needs a roof over their heads and food on the table. “Life” has certainly accelerated over the past few generations, perhaps to the point where you have considered scaling back. There is a third factor – a less obvious factor – that is causing many of our lives to spin out of control! The problem so many of us are just now coming to grips with is, of course, Technology.
Let’s take a step back and reflect on the concept of “Family” for a moment. At FamPlan, we define “Family” as “A basic unit in society, traditionally consisting of parents and the children they are raising”. From our perspective, “raising children” consists of two primary responsibilities. First, is the sharing of resources. Food, shelter, money, and the family vehicles obviously come to mind. But today, we must also add “time” and “attention” to our focus. Second is our ability to successfully instruct our children with regard to our values, social norms, and expectations. And, it is the latter that may one day define how our generation is remembered.
Today’s parents and children have more opportunities (and the resulting commitments) than ever before. In addition to work, school, and church, we all have a multitude of extracurricular activities, ranging from the arts, to sports, to clubs, and much more to choose from. Of course, all of these opportunities require resources… at a minimum, our most precious resource, Time. For many of us, balancing our opportunities has become something of an art form. And if this were not enough, our current generation of families is the first to contend with a new, even more impactful challenge… Technology.
Ours is the first generation of families (both parents and children) to use the Smartphone. When Steve Jobs and Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, we all envisioned a simpler and smarter future… a future where everything we needed to know was always at our fingertips (quite literally). For Apple’s part, the smartphone has largely delivered as promised. The challenge, one that few of us could have conceived of, is how we would come to use these amazing devices. Apps of all kinds, games, and especially social media have “snuck up” on us, to dramatically change the way we learn and are influenced, and subsequently how we interact with each other… and not always for the better.
Please join us for part two of this series, where we will delve deeper into how technology impacts the family. For now, know that you, and your family, are not alone. We all face similar challenges raising our children in today’s chaotic world. With a little thought and effort we will all be OK! Until next time…